Rainer Maria Rilke

German poet (born in Austria) whose imagery and mystic lyricism influenced 20th-century German literature (1875-1926)

click to add your vote (4 votes)

Famous quotes by Rainer Maria Rilke:Sort:PopularA - Z

Do not assume that she who seeks to comfort you now, lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. Her life may also have much sadness and difficulty, that remains far beyond yours. Were it otherwise, she would never have been able to find these words.
Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves ... Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point it, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps, then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.
Live the questions.
At the bottom no one in life can help anyone else in life; this one experiences over and over in every conflict and every perplexity: that one is alone. That isn't as bad as it may first appear; and again it is the best thing in life that each should have everything in himself; his fate, his future, his whole expanse and world.
Do continue to believe that with your feeling and your work you are taking part in the greatest the more strongly you cultivate this belief, the more will reality and the world go forth from it.
Everything is gestation and then bringing forth. To let each impression and each germ of feeling come to completion wholly in itself, in the dark, in the inexpressible, the unconscious, beyond the reach of one's own intelligence, and await with deep humility and patience the birth-hour of a new clarity: that alone is living the artist's life, in understanding and in creating. There is no measuring in time, no year matters, and ten years are nothing. Being an artist means, not reckoning and counting, but ripening like the tree which does not force its sap and stands confidence in the storms of spring without fear that after them may come no summer.”
For one human being to love another human being That is perhaps the most difficult task that has been entrusted to us, the ultimate task
For one human being to love another that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.
For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.
For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.
I feel it now: there's a power in me to grasp and give shape to my world I know that nothing has ever been real without my beholding it. All becoming has need me..
Ideally a painter (and, generally, an artist) should not become conscious of his insights: without taking the detour through his reflective processes, and incomprehensibly to himself, all his progress should enter so swiftly into the work that he is unable to recognize them in the moment of transition. Alas, the artist who waits in ambush there, watching, detaining them, will find them transformed like the beautiful gold in the fairy tale which cannot remain gold because some small detail was not taken care of.
If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches.
If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not a poet enough to call forth its riches; for to the creator there is no poverty and no poor indifferent place.
If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches.
Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it , you will live along some distant day into your answers.
Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant day into your answers.
Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other.
Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue to exist, a wonderful living side by side can grow up, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see each other whole against the sky.
Physical pleasure is a sensual experience no different from pure seeing or the pure sensation with which a fine fruit fills the tongue; it is a great unending experience, which is given us, a knowing of the world, the fullness and the glory of all knowing. And not our acceptance of it is bad; the bad thing is that most people misuse and squander this experience and apply it as a stimulant at the tired spots of their lives and as distraction instead of a rallying toward exalted moments.
Surely all art is the result of one's having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, where no one can go any further.
The deepest experience of the creator is feminine, for it is experience of receiving and bearing.
The only journey is the one within.
The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things
There is here no measuring with time, no year matters, and ten years are nothing. Being an artist means, not reckoning and counting, but ripening like the tree which does not force it's sap and stands confident in the storms of Spring without the fear that after them may come no Summer. It does come. I learn it daily, learn it with pain to which I am grateful
This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love the more they give, the more they possess.
This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess.
Who's not sat tense before his own heart's curtain.

Share your thoughts on Rainer Maria Rilke's quotes with the community:

Citation

Use the citation below to add this author page to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"Rainer Maria Rilke Quotes." Quotes.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 30 Aug. 2014. <http://www.quotes.net/authors/Rainer Maria Rilke>.

Missing a quote of Rainer Maria Rilke?

Know another good quote of Rainer Maria Rilke? Don't keep it to yourself!


The Web's Largest Resource for

Famous Quotes & Sayings


A Member Of The STANDS4 Network